Penang Assam Laksa Recipe by Madam Cheah Siew Mooi of Boon Wah Café

Assam Laksa is one of Penang’s signature street food fare (others famous street food include but not limited to Penang Char Kway Teow and Penang Prawn Mee Soup). It is a Pescatarian-suitable dish that contains no meat except for fish. This appetite-inducing-sweet-spicy-sour fishy (in a good way) noodle soup is well known in Penang, an … Continue reading

Roast Paradise Hakka Noodle 烧味天堂客家面 (Home-made Hakka Noodle Recipe)

I had wanted to eat the famous KL-style charsiu siuyoke fan (roast meats with rice) but the hawker told us (in queue) that the charsiu is sold out and the next batch would be available at around 2pm. Many dropped out of the line but I decided to stay after seeing a customer in front … Continue reading

Lanzhou (Ma Baozi Niu Rou) La Mian 兰州拉面 – A Dish I’m Hoping To Cook Before 2019!

If you’ve had Chinese Spicy Beef La Mian like the one I had recently, you probably thought this dish originated in Shanghai or Beijing… The Lanzhou La Mian (拉面 pulled noodles) you see today was invented in 1915 by a Hui Muslim named Ma Baozi (马保子). And the thing that makes the beef stock delicious, … Continue reading

Roasted Duck & Century Egg Congee Recipe 烤鸭皮蛋粥食谱

Over the years, I have learnt to appreciate the bone-in, lip smacking, finger licking good Cantonese Roast Duck more than the delicate crepe-wrapped Peking Duck. Whenever there’s leftover from either of the aforementioned duck dishes, I would pack it home to make soup or Hakka-inspired stew out of the carcass, and strip off the fleshy … Continue reading

Ah Lim Bak Chor Mee (Jalan Tua Kong)

Bak Chor Mee (肉脞面) or BCM for short, is a staple street food in Singapore. You can be sure that if one stall (selling any food) is successful, there will be many copy cats using the same or similar name punctuated with “original” or stories of some relations linked either through blood or previous employment. … Continue reading

Bastard Ginseng a.k.a. The Poor Man’s Ginseng (Tea Recipe)

My family and I have been under the weather lately and being quite the traditional mom when it comes to dietary supplement, Chinese herbal concoctions seemed the most appropriate way to soothe and pamper peaked bodies in my household. As I believe this herbal tea to have a good number of excellent actions to aid … Continue reading

Egg Noodles With Pork Chop Recipe

This dish is inspired from my first visit to Japan in 1986. I was walking along the streets near my hotel and found a tiny eatery serving ramen. Being new to Japanese cuisine then, I ordered what looked familiar to me, Pork Chop Ramen! I later suspect if that was authentic Japanese food as the … Continue reading

Chicken And Chestnuts Stew Recipe 栗子焖鸡食谱

Stewed Chicken With Chestnuts is not only delicious, it is also nutritious! According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), chestnuts can strengthen our spleen, stomach and kidneys. However, one can suffer indigestion if too many chestnuts are consumed. Always eat in moderation… Yes, even the supposedly good-for-the-body type of food! Chestnuts are warming, meaning they possess … Continue reading

Claypot Chicken Rice Recipe (Rice Cooker Version) 砂煲鸡饭 / 瓦煲飯 (电饭锅版食谱)

Some of my kitchen utensils were not brought over when we moved back to Singapore so lacking claypot (actually I found my claypot but the lid is missing), the only way I can cook this dish is by using the electric rice cooker. I have provided 3 ways to cook this recipe and am very … Continue reading

Fried Mee Sua (Misua) Recipe 炒面线食谱

In one of my trips to Malaysia, I got hold of a large packet of handmade Mee Sua from Malacca. We usually make noodle soup with minced pork balls out of it but this time, I decided to fry them. “The earliest written record of noodles is from a book dated to the Han dynasty … Continue reading